Kari Lydersen, an In These Times contributing editor, is a Chicago-based reporter, author and journalism professor at Medill at Northwestern University, where she is fellowship director of the Social Justice News Nexus. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Reader and The Progressive, among other publications. Her books include Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago’s 99 Percent., Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun and Revolt on Goose Island: The Chicago Factory Takeover, and What it Says About the Economic Crisis.
Lydersen is a former staff member of the Washington Post‘s (now defunct) Chicago bureau. In 2011, she was awarded a Studs Terkel Community Media Award for her work. She can be reached at [email protected] Her work can be read at www.karilydersen.com.
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Working · January 18, 2018
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Culture · July 25, 2017
The Heroin Crisis We’ve Ignored
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Features · April 24, 2017
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Working · January 25, 2016
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Working · January 21, 2016
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Working · October 10, 2015
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Working · May 15, 2015
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Act Locally · April 24, 2015